Alas. It's the beginning of a new year, and it's time to awake from my usual, year-end shutdown. It was a great holiday season filled with a lot of new memories. It's always a bit saddening after New Year's Day passes, forced to accept that Christmas is in the rear-view. Like many others, I'm just now finished stowing away decorations, but guess I have to start working my way back to the normal routines of work and responsibility.